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2020 Fei Zi Xiao

2020 Fei Zi Xiao

Crafted By Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.
  • true
    95
    lychee, peach
    true
    80
    jasmine honey
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    70
    pine, clove
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    50
    hazelnut

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - lychee, peach
    • floral - jasmine honey
    • spice - pine, clove
    • savory - hazelnut
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION300 METERS
    • FEIZI XIAOTea Varietal

    This intriguing varietal is sometimes literally translated as Concubine’s Smile (or laugh), but in reality, the tea gets its name from the Feizi Xiao (妃子笑) fruit, a type of lychee so loved by a royal consort that it always made her smile. The name couldn't be more accurate for this stunning varieties, which truly tastes like lychee and peaches. An already luscious varietal gains even more complexity and nuance in the Mr. Li’s capable hands, finished with traditional sun-oxidation and gently fired. The minerality of the Li Family’s volcanic soil comes through beautifully, along with an impressive jasmine and honey aromatic complexity.


  • 'The first sips yield a balanced and elegant tea. The tropical lychee fruit flavor is astounding. This black tea is as perfumed as a Tieguanyin, but deep, dark and grounded. The aftertaste is full of not only lychee, but also orchid, like a wet tropical garden'

  • 4
    6
    208
    15 seconds
    10
    5
    5
    208
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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